THE INHUMANS: An Introduction to Marvel’s Upcoming Galactic Franchise

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With our exclusive announcement that Marvel plans to move forward with an Inhumans film, now feels like the best time to explain to you who this band of misfits actually is and why they’ll be so important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.  In a nutshell, think of Inhumans as a Game of Thrones story with superpowers.  The residents of Attilan, the Inhumans’ hidden city, live in a kingdom far away from humanity.  Ruled by the silent Black Bolt, a king whose voice can literally shatter mountains, the people aren’t so much superheroes as they are a civilization that just happens to be populated with fishmen, women who can control their own hair, and guys with hooves.  Hit the jump for more info on one of Marvel’s next big franchises.

OH, THE INHUMANITY!

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As I mentioned in the intro, the Inhumans are a race of superpowered individuals, somewhat like mutants, who find themselves separated from our world at large.  While there have been stories where their world has clashed with ours in the funny books, for the most part, their stories tend to have them dealing with their own problems and crises.  Their origins lie with the alien race called the Kree, who you may recall as the people of Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser from the recent Guardians of the Galaxy.  Long before humanity became what it was, the Kree saw the Earth as a prime location for setting up their experiments and began testing various mutagens called the Terrigen Mists on some of the populace.  These humans were granted superpowers, as is usually the case with most radiation and unknown gases, and decided as a collective that they were better off separated from humanity.

The Inhumans stories usually gravitate around a handful of Inhumans who are the ruling class of their race.  These chosen few include Black Bolt (King of the Inhumans who I talked about earlier), Medusa (his wife and queen who happens to be able to control her long locks of hair), Karnak (the royal advisor with the power to find any weakness), Gorgon (the clan’s powerhouse), Triton (the clan’s….fishman), Crystal (the youngest of the group who can control the four elements) and my personal favorite Lockjaw.  Who is Lockjaw you might ask?  Well Lockjaw is their transportation system in so much as he has the ability to teleport himself and those around him to any location he wants.  He also happens to be a giant bulldog….scratch that he’s an Inhuman who just happens to look like a giant bulldog with a tuning fork jutting out of his forehead.  Man, we’re delving into some weird territory with comic book movies now aren’t we?

The Inhumans originally premiered in the Fantastic Four, being discovered by Mr. Fantastic.  It was in this story that the foursome helped the Inhumans battle their primary antagonist, Maximus.  Maximus also happens to be Black Bolt’s scheming brother, hungry for the throne with a terrifying intellect which again goes back to the power plays that are rampant in the world of the Inhumans. The Inhumans have appeared intermittently throughout Marvel’s long history, but a recent push from Marvel Comics seems to give credence to the idea that these folks will have a heavy hand in the upcoming Marvel Studios movies.

WHY THE INHUMANS?

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So why is it that Marvel’s going to make an Inhumans film when there are so many different properties to choose from? Well, first off, with the success of Guardians at the box office, it proves that lesser known properties such as this one can still have a good shot of making money for Marvel Studios.  Second, the Inhumans are essentially Marvel Studios’ X-Men.  What do I mean by this?  Well as I’m sure you know, Fox acquired the X-Men franchise from Marvel back when Marvel was in dire straits, selling many of their properties to movie studios in order to stay afloat.  Considering the success of the recent X-Men: Days of Future Past, I don’t foresee 20th Century Fox letting go of the mutant reins anytime soon.  What this means is that Marvel Studios can’t use the term “mutant” or most of the characters who happen to be one, barring Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver who are closely tied to both X-Men and Avengers lore.

What is the best route to take then for Marvel in this regard?  Well, it’s to take a franchise that is similar to X-Men, but not quite them.  Inhumans gives Marvel Studios the opportunity to have their own mutants, a race who is ostracized and threatened for being different.  Also, you can have entirely new characters whose powers don’t necessarily come from getting a hammer or wearing a suit of armor, rather just from how they were born.  It’s having their cake and eating it too!

 

THE INHUMAN INITIATIVE

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You may be wondering how the Inhumans will be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Well, the best way to start planting seeds is through Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Avengers 3.  Yes, on top of having ties to both the Avengers and X-Men franchises, the twins also have a history with the Inhumans, as they spent some of their childhood in their hidden city.  Obviously, as mentioned above, Marvel Studios can’t refer to them as mutants (see Captain America: Winter Soldier where they are referred to as “miracles” in the post-credits tag) so this would be the opportune time to brand them as Inhumans then go from there.

Recently, Groot himself Vin Diesel posted a tweet that read, “I get the strange feeling that Marvel thinks I’m Inhuman.” which has led many to believe that Vin will have a part to play in the upcoming film.  Ironic since it could potentially take Mr. Diesel from having a one-sentence Marvel role in one franchise, to an entirely silent character (Black Bolt) in another.  It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached an age where a movie about Inhumans could hit the silver screen, and I’m excited to see all the other properties Marvel Studios has up their sleeves for the coming years.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

    So Fox will have the X-Men rights for how long?

    • Mixed race rich kid NYC

      As long as they have a film in development
      Anyway I don’t expect much intelligence in an arsenal fan

      • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

        Appreciate your effort in trying to wind me up! Cheers :)

      • Mixed race rich kid NYC

        Hala Madrid !!!
        Good luck in the Europa next season
        No way you finish top 4 again and I’m betting Beşiktaş get the best of you next week

    • Mezmero

      I’m not sure how many times this has been said………..Like a million but Marvel gave up the rights to X-Men,Fantasic4 and Spider-Man a long time ago. And they can’t get them back just deal with it,you have too many options to choose from.

      • RedMercury

        As I understand it, as long as they are doing something with it every ten years, they can keep it. If they don’t do anything with these rights in ten years, they revert back to Marvel.

        Consider Daredevil–they gave up the rights to Fox and, after not doing anything with them for ten years after the Daredevil movie, the rights reverted back to Marvel. Same with Blade and The Punisher.

        So, yeah, it’s a use it or lose it proposition. And Fox and Sony will hold the rights as long as they keep making movies. But considering that they just released an X-Men movie this year, you wouldn’t see Marvel get the rights back until 2024 assuming that Fox doesn’t do anything with the X-Men.

        Now, that said, let’s say the new Fantastic Four movie bombs at the box office. If Marvel were to offer, say, $500,000,000 for the rights, I’m sure Fox wouldn’t mind selling them back…

        As an aside, one thing I’m curious about regarding Spiderman is whether Sony owns both the TV and Movie rights. I see Marvel-produced cartoons featuring Spiderman. Does this mean we legally could see Spiderman appear on Agents of SHIELD or in the Netflix series with Daredevil and Iron Fist?

      • doc

        No, because Agents of SHIELD and the Netflix shows are tied directly to the movie universe.

      • RedMercury

        True. Which means, no, Phil wouldn’t be talking with Tony Stark about Spiderman in the next Avengers movie. But it’s okay–I assume Maria Hill probably won’t be talking about Deathlok either.

        Assuming that Sony doesn’t have the TV rights–and that’s what I’d be curious about–there should be no reason why they couldn’t reference him or even have him in the TV properties–they just couldn’t mention or show him in the movies. There are also the related properties (e.g. Oscorp and Harry Osbourne, etc.) that couldn’t be referenced in the movies but could be fine in the TV Show.

        The interesting argument, of course, would be what constitutes a “TV Show”? Would Netflix count or is a “TV Show” broadcast over the airwaves?

      • RedMercury

        True. Which means, no, Phil wouldn’t be talking with Tony Stark about Spiderman in the next Avengers movie. But it’s okay–I assume Maria Hill probably won’t be talking about Deathlok either.

        Assuming that Sony doesn’t have the TV rights–and that’s what I’d be curious about–there should be no reason why they couldn’t reference him or even have him in the TV properties–they just couldn’t mention or show him in the movies. There are also the related properties (e.g. Oscorp and Harry Osbourne, etc.) that couldn’t be referenced in the movies but could be fine in the TV Show.

        The interesting argument, of course, would be what constitutes a “TV Show”? Would Netflix count or is a “TV Show” broadcast over the airwaves?

      • AtomWarlock

        If Sony and Fox were smart, they would work out some type of collaborative deal with Marvel Studios-allowing them to produce or oversee the continuity aspects and helping them create cohesive universes. I would love to see Marvel Studios in charge of all these franchises, but if they were, the current Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t have rolled out as beautifully as it has. Marvel Studios has enough great films on it’s roster, without being concerned with Spidey, X-Men, and FF, but I remain hopeful that they will find some way in the future to renegotiate rights to these characters, or at least agree to merge and overlap franchises. Or maybe Disney will just buy Sony and Fox.

  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    Another lame franchise from major studios
    Hard to believe that big studios used to take chances and do great Oscar winning movies now it’s big long commercial or trailers
    I’m sick of it. I only watched 5 movies in the last 4 months. Nothing interest me
    I feel old

    • Mezmero

      Not true at all your perspective is way off if you think that. You have a long list of movies that have been overlooked by the academy and it still happens to this day. Directors don’t strive to win trophies they want to make it for people who love to watch movies,no matter what others think is a gamble. It’s fanboys,movie snobs and bay haters that make it seem that way. My advice to you is stop hating everything that’s not a so called true story and enjoy movies like you did before you became an unpaid critic.

    • AtomWarlock

      Both Joss Whedon, and Jon Favreau, have done thoughtful, risk taking non blockbuster films since playing a huge part in MCU franchises, Much Ado About Nothing, and Chef, respectively. I agree there exist successful but lame blockbuster franchises (Transformers). I personally think the Marvel Studios films have not all been perfect, but are far from lame, and at times actually brilliant. There have been many great Oscar winning movies from major studios in recent years. Why can’t we have both? It seems like you’re trying to set up a false dichotomy that doesn’t exist.

    • Inhumanity Rises

      Iron Man was considered “Lame” by many non comic readers and wasn’t even that big a deal. Than his Movie hit and everyone knows Iron Man and he’s never been more important in the comics.

      GoTG movie also propelled a B-Rate Space Team into an A-Rate Marvel Team. Which says a ton as Space is usually where teams fester in Marvel’s universe as all the important franchise and characters are on Earth while space isn’t as fleshed out or as memorable.

      It’s why Rachel Summers was eventually returned to Earth and why many fans of hers feel that space denied Rachel a chance to have participated, in a big way, in X-Events that happened while she was away. At the very least she was awesome in space as she tore Vulcan’s empire apart.

      Regardless, Marvel is pushing Inhumans hard and they could very easily make an Inhuman movie a huge hit like GoTG.

  • Kevin Feige

    I hope Phase 3 will turn out like this:

    2015: Ant-Man
    2016: Cap 3, Doctor Strange
    2017: Thor 3, GotG 2, Black Panther
    2018: Incredible Hulk 2, Ms. Marvel, The Inhumans
    2019: The Avengers 3: Infinity Gauntlet

    • http://www.edwardmordrake.com ~EDWARD MORDRAKE~

      Ummm…you forgot the biggest one coming out in 2015! AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON!

      • bidi

        well he mentioned he listed what he hoped would be the phase 3 line up. i’m sure he left it out on purpose as AoU is the culmination of phase 2

    • Christopher Sims

      Kinda hoping they do Ms. Marvel, GogG 2, and Black Panther in 17…just to get another strong female character out there with a solo film.

      • Mezmero

        They have to make the Black Widow movie first which is waste of time to me. They still have yet to bring out Black Panther who is a big part of the Avengers team and a more interesting story. As far as stand alone Ms.Marvel they said she will be introduced like they did Hawkeye. I would like to see Rhonda Rousey play her when they decide to add her to the team.

    • Mezmero

      I would like a Black Panther movie if they tease him in AOU. Doctor Strange is already in the works but I don’t think we would see it 2016 but maybe it could because they said two a year.

  • poppincherry

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • Ruprect

    I’d like them to do a story based on John Byrne’s Fantastic Four tale of when The Inhumans had to move Attilan from the Himalayas to the Blue Area of the Moon for environmental reasons. Yes, I know the FF can’t be in this. Other MCU figures can lend a hand instead.
    I remember when they had to release the city, Karnak found the weak spot and created a crack by striking it, Gorgon mega stomped it to create a fissure around the city and then, to break the city free ….. Blackbolt spoke! He literally sheared the top of the mountain off with his voice. Very cool sequence.

    • Inhumanity Rises

      They can’t as they don’t have the movie rights to F4. So the Inhumans, in the Movieverse, wont have any connection to the F4.

      • Ruprect

        “Yes, I know the FF can’t be in this.”

        – Ruprect, Several days ago in the very post you just commented on.

  • TheDarkNut

    Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch spent their childhood on Wundagore a mountain controlled by the High Evolutionary. Quicksilver married Crystal and had a daughter..thats the connection.

  • Samuel Wick

    I think Vin Diesel will be a Black Bolt! His voice makes it

  • Dan

    I personally want Sam Witwer to play Black Bolt. He gives an intense presence without even speaking. Vin I can see as Triton.

  • AtomWarlock

    The Inhumans is another brilliant yet risky move by Marvel. Bravo. The characters have never had a truly sustained successful comics run, yet there remains so much unrealized potential in these characters. They are very different from anything else in the MCU, while at the same time being connected via the Kree and Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They can bridge both the cosmic and the earthbound aspects of the MCU.

    • Inhumanity Rises

      Marvel is pushing them nowadays with their Inhuman series and Black Bolt is an important Avenger in multiple books.

  • Redjester

    As long as it doesn’t affect future GOTG installments, I’m all for this. Hopefully it doesn’t pull a Star Trek (the reboot), and wait 5 years between films.

  • Grayden

    Vin did say at SDCC ’13 that his involvement with Marvel, beyond Groot, was “merging franchises”. This could be it.

  • Grayden

    Vin did say at SDCC ’13 that his involvement with Marvel, beyond Groot, was “merging franchises”. This could be it.

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